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The nursing home administrator is a leader in the organization who not only directs its operations but in a large part is responsible for setting the tone of the culture. Now more than ever, true leaders are needed in this area of healthcare. Let's look at this position, its responsibilities, training requirements, expected salary and career advancement opportunities.
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.
At the heart of any nursing or assisted living home is the activity program. It is an integral part of the cultural change movement and central to person-centered care. It is essential for resident quality of life.
As more baby boomers enter retirement, more than ever there is a need for qualified activity directors. To this end, the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) has put in place a new national exam designed to elevate the level of the profession and practitioner.
Gene Sequencing Will Help Identify Alzheimer's Sooner. ou can start to identify those at risk for the disease well before it shows up. It could also send into a tailspin who never actually manifest.
OIG Releases Nursing Home Priority Recommendations
In most retirement communities women residents outnumber the men. It’s a fact of life for most activity directors but planning for men’s activities is also a must. In this article we look at some ideas for successful men’s programming.
Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation according to a federally funded study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Yet sex in long-term care facilities among residents is still a taboo subject. Let's look at this a little closer.
What constitutes inappropriate activity in a nursing home. Well strippers might qualify!
Consortium Advances Geriatrics Education- 21 Academic Programs in 14 States
Is your assisted living marketing and sales approach stale? Do you need to recharge your marketing to increase referrals and closes? Getting to a full occupancy and being profitable in today’s business environment requires a totally different marketing approach. By continuing to pursue the same old, ineffective methods, you will get the same old results. Here are six suggestions to get you thinking.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) tool for facilitating care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. In this series, we examine seven areas of care.
The Director of Nursing Services (DON) works in concert with the Administrator and directs the Nursing Department to maintain quality standards of care in accordance with Federal, State and facility standards, guidelines and regulations.
Food services in long-term care has come a long way, both in quality and taste as well as service and choice. Resident-centered food service is an essential part of the culture change movement in long-term care homes. Simple things to you and I like eating when you want, what you want and where you want have been, up until recently, something foreign to long-term care.
Culture change is a movement in healthcare to revolve the care around the resident based on their unique needs and interests. It has been hard to take hold because the business case for culture change has not always been articulated. Reluctant CEOs and CFOs who view this as fuzzy need to understand the return on investment. There is a mistaken notion that to achieve resident-centered care you have to tear down and rebuild your facility. What you have to do is tear down and rebuild your thinking.
Caregiving at a distance can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming. And often the only time caregivers see the loved one is on a family visit, more than not tied around a holiday. Helping your local caregivers by providing tips for visiting long-distance elders is not only a good thing to do but reflects on your company as well. Find out what to look for when visiting elders.
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ (CMS) tool for care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. MDS 3.0 was introduced in the fall of 2010. This article provides an overview.
With an increased desire to “age in place”, more and more services are being delivered straight to the home. One of the fastest growing businesses is non-medical home care.
Ceding Flu Shot Administration to Pharmacy Improves Compliance. When a regional pharmacy. works collaboratively to implement and enforce standardized policies and processes worker vaccination rates increase.
Hand hygiene and good infection control practices in nursing homes and other care settings can go a long way in helping contain germs and disease.
With the growing trend for payers to want to keep people out of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, other aging services become increasingly important. One of those is adult day care or adult day services (ADS). And with increased importance comes increased scrutiny. This article provides an overview of adult day care rules and regulations. They will continue to evolve.
There are almost 40 million people aged 65+ in the United States. Here's a rundown of what this means for the economy.
Maya Angelou asked the audience to be the rainbow in the clouds of others.
Does Pay for Performance Work? Depends on Who You Ask. Very few administrators believe pay-for-performance improves care quality, the authors wrote.
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Alzheimer's Disease: Beyond Fear. Explore the possibilities and opportunities for creative expression, expansion of spirit, flourishing of relationships, the sharing of hope and joy.
Elder day care offers both respite for caregivers as well a much needed socialization for seniors. Here are the characteristics of a typical center.
It is important to accurately capturing ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) data when completing scheduled MDS 3.0 assessments for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement purposes. While compliance is needed for reimbursement, it is also essential to have an accurately completed MDS 3.0 assessment so that an individualized plan of care can be developed.
Residential living communities for seniors share more than an aging population. Each has a unique responsibility to provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is a unique individual specially-trained to administer an effective activities program.
Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you like a job that requires flexibility, ongoing learning, organization, communication skills and openness to new experiences? Then a career as an activity professional may be for you!
Activity directors spend a lot of time planning engaging programs for their residents. Despite working hard to offer a variety of programming for residents of all ages and abilities, there is still the task of serving residents who by desire or illness refuse to leave their rooms.
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination. This article looks at the third area of testing - Finance.
As caregivers and families cope with the overwhelming stress of caring for a loved one, a new profession, that of the Geriatric Care Manager is cropping up. A Geriatric Care Manager can help families who are caring for older relatives.
Knowing what is happening in the world is more important than ever for you as an activity director and for your residents. NewsCurrents Sr., a computer based news service was created by Judith Laitman. Check it out.
If you are new to aging services and are considering a career that involves caring for elders in a home-like environment, you need to know the differences between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), an Assisted Living Facility (AL), and a Skilled Nursing Facility or Nursing Home (SNF.
Pleasing scents help relax people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this article we explore how to use aromatherapy with these patients.
With the continued push towards aging in place, adult day services or adult day centers play a vital role in the quality of life for our seniors. In this hub we look at statistics for the industry, state rules and regulations, certification, record keeping, service requirements, design environment and safety, as well as staffing.
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. MDS 3.0 falls guidelines look to help providers minimize fall risk while treating fall injuries with the goal of achieving the best quality of life for residents.
Direct care workers have hard jobs, are low paid, and nearly ever receive the rewards and recognition deserved. That is why employee retention is so hard to achieve in aging services. When a position is viewed as simply a job and not a career, it is easy to see why people leave for better paying jobs outside the industry. Employee retention in aging services is a big issue that will become even bigger as the population ages. Let’s look at some strategies to help retain the best workforce.
Chair Chi is an exercise program based on the principals of Tai Chi Chuan, but designed for the elderly, in nursing homes, adult day centers, etc..
The arena of hospice care reimbursement is often misunderstood by the public and in fact a perception that it is not a covered service often makes caregivers shy away from seeking hospice services. This is what your potential clients should understand. Hospice is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private insurers. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance company, hospice will work with the person and their family to ensure needed services can be provided.
One of the fastest growing segments of the economy is healthcare so you would think it would be easy to recruit the best healthcare workers for aging services businesses. Recruiting qualified healthcare workers for aging services has proven hard. There are some systemic issues related to this. So you need to start at the 50,000 foot level to understand the causes so you can move beyond the symptoms.
Using science for seniors as part of your activities program can help stimulate the brain and contribute to resident quality of life. A one-hour hands-on program called Science for Seniors, created by the author has four parts: select a topic, present fun facts, watch a video on the subject and do a safe experiment with residents. Let's experiment and see how we can bring science projects to our nursing and assisted living residents.
What is the future of aging in place? People sure want it. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers.
Healthcare quality improvement starts with people and a culture dedicated to empowering them to serve patients and residents. Empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. In short healthcare quality improvement and culture change are tied at the hip.
Communicating effectively with residents, patients and families is key to providing quality health care. The manner in which you communicate information can be equally as important as the information.
The long-term care industry is vastly misunderstood and usually lumped together as one entity. Most suffer from the image that carries over from perceptions of skilled nursing facilities - not only is a facility the place people go to die but that it is also a place where elders are abused. Actual statistics do not support the perception of rampant abuse; however, no abuse can be tolerated. This article looks at preventing, monitoring and identifying abusive behavior by your staff.
Site, smell, sounds, touch all invoke memories and an effective activities program that incorporates memory care can really add to the quality of life of elders and others who we encounter in aging services across the continuum of care. Here's how to do it.
Brand extension is a marketing strategy used to leverage an organization's good name through related and complementary product and service offerings.
Primary Care Docs On Frontline of Alzheimer’s / Dementia Detection
With so much emphasis on quality and satisfaction in healthcare, nursing homes have begun to measure their performance. My InnerView is a company that provides senior care leaders evidence-based management tools. While this article is not an endorsement, it remains that My InnerView has a handle on industry effectiveness more so than any other entity. In this article we will look at their latest report on the industry, the National Survey of Consumer and Workforce Satisfaction in Nursing Homes.
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There’s an old saying in journalism, “Everyone has a story”. Activity directors know this is true. But how do you draw out the fascinating tales of your residents’ lives in a way which preserves and shares this unique view of history? How do you help them to tell their life story?
One of the most difficult challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is the person’s withdraw from favorite activities. Christy Schmid faced this problem with long time family friend Bernice. She realized Bernice didn’t need just any ‘childish busy work’ but rather something that gave her the internal feeling of completing a task. To meet Bernice’s needs, through research, and lots of trial and error, Schmid created The Busy Bee Lap Pad.
Environmental services in long-term care across all settings is more than just keeping a clean and safe environment. It is also about providing a home to residents. The greatest challenge a long-term care environmental services team faces is embracing the psychological and emotional toll residential care puts on the residents and their families.
Alleged incidents of abuse, neglect and mistreatment among different races, classes and religious groups in long-term care facilities has been reported. Being aware of cultural differences and knowing that they can impact care delivery is important. And the development of culturally sensitive programs can help bridge differences, positively impact care and lead to increased resident, family and employee satisfaction.
Adult day services design, environment and safety issues are paramount to quality of life for residents. We look at these issues in our continuing series of certification requirements for adult day services.
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The hospice care team is obviously an integral part of a person’s care that assure that the there is a true quality of life at the end of life.
This article covers how to become a Medicaid provider and file a claim with Medicaid.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a comprehensive care delivery system that allows what traditionally would be thought of as nursing home residents to continue living at home while receiving services.
Medical and non-medical errors happen in aging services every day. How you disclose them is critical to your organization's reputation. You do disclose them don't you?!
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There is no shortage of disasters sweeping the world. And in some cases, no amount of preparation can spare you from bad consequences. But having a disaster plan in place for your facility can minimize those consequences. Start with a plan and then practice, practice, practice.
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home care began in the US in the 1880’s. Approximately 12 million individuals currently receive care from more than 33,000 providers. In 2009, annual expenditures for home health care were projected to be $72.2 billion. With a continued emphasis on aging in place, home care will continue to have its place in the aging continuum but it is not without its challenges.
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of Ethics-Personal Conduct Addressed
Employee evaluations are deadly. Deadly because they often ask the wrong questions. Were you absent? How often were you tardy? How often was your documentation late or missing? When was the last time you saw an evaluation form that said: I saw you take a resident outside on a sunny day ____ many times this year. I saw you bring a smile to a resident's face ____ many times this year. Perhaps evaluating from the heart and not the head is in order. See how one administrator did it in his facility.
There are many old stereotypes when it comes to memory care design. While respecting the research that deals with colors, patterns, sights and sounds, you can use bold design to enrich the lives of residents.
The level of cognitive ability among nursing home residents helps determine a proper care plan and therefore contributes to their quality of care and quality of life. In the past understanding cognitive patterns was done by simply observing residents and making notes of what was observed. Much has changed under MDS 3.0.
Palliative Care is a misunderstood service most often associated with death and dying. In reality, palliative can give people a longer quality of life during any stage of life. It is specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of that illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
The best tool for any activity director is education! There is valuable information in the activity director certification as well as the college courses required for certified therapeutic recreation specialists. There is also another source of information - the printed word. The newest research into brain chemistry, the aging process, dementia and other issues confronting seniors is addressed in numerous books with scientifically proven ideas. Let's take a look.
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination.
Six Strategies from National Alliance for Caregiving Link Caregiving and Technology
As the number of ethnic and minority populations age and as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community ages as well, being culturally aware will become more important in aging services. And serving these populations with respect and dignity will be a driving force behind true culture change. Let's take a look at cultural sensitivity in long term care.
One of the workforce issues in long-term care is that for many it is simply a job and not a career. With low retention and high turnover, low wages and minimal benefits, workers cannot see clearly that there is a career progression. In this article hub we look at the concept of career ladders in long-term care, especially important for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and home health aides (HHA).
The Patient Protection and Affordability Act called for the creation of accountable care organizations as part of the delivery model of care. While aging services were in some ways left out of the discussion it is important for them to understand what an accountable organization is and how they might fit in one eventually.
Consistent assignment, the idea that residents/clients see the same caregiver(s) all the time, results in more satisfied residents/clients and staff, less turnover and better quality of care. With better quality and better experiences, people talk. And word of mouth is your most potent marketing tool. Consistent staffing is the perfect formula for sustaining and growing your long-term care business.
A report by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows that the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes provide $153.8 billion of direct economic impact to state economic activity (1.1%) and $371.9 billion of total impact (2.7%) to state economic activity. Clearly the economic impact of long-term care is large.
Communication is one of the first casualties of dementia. Because dementia affects memory, people with dementia have difficulty following the thread of a conversation. “Reawakening” a person to the “real world” used to be the norm for caregivers. But newer studies have shown that these small corrections shatter that person's reality. This realization gave birth to a new form of communicating and dealing with people with dementia.
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey is designed
New Method Predicts Time from Alzheimers Onset to Nursing Home, Death
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active. Let’s look at some of the science and the implication for activity directors. Let's find out how incorporate music into your activities.
Residential living communities for seniors have a unique responsibility to provide not only food, shelter and health care, but also provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the activity professional is key.
Recreation Activity Resources offers educational services for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, and Activity Directors including an online and home study version of NCCAP-Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals 2nd Edition Courses (MEPAP I and II) and CTRAC version. Earning CEUs online is a great way for busy professionals to stay current in their education.
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. One innovative program brings a professional artist and all the needed supplies to help residents of all skill levels, beginners to professionals, and all cognitive levels, independent through dementia, express their talents.
Writing workshops with small groups of residents as well as in one-on-one sessions can produce personalized articles, booklets, books and/or DVDs as mini-biographies to share with family and friends.
The first national survey measuring the assisted living satisfaction of residents, family and staff of assisted living facilities concludes that when it comes to assisted living satisfaction, residents seem very happy while workers are less so. The latter impacts the former. But overall things are looking good for the industry.
Whether you are an organization of 5,000 or 5, marketing will be the key to success. Yet many organizations do not know where to begin. And even organizations with highly-skilled marketing departments may not have their priorities in place. A marketing audit could be the most valuable investment you make in your company.
Excessive noise in healthcare facilities has often been cited as a patient experience priority. In nursing homes, noise can exacerbate dementia. It is important to control the noise pollution in your facility.
The financing of long-term care can be confusing, expensive, and onerous. There are five ways to pay for care.
Skin conditions, such as pressure ulcers, are a big concern in both nursing and assisted living facilities. MDS 3.0 Skin Conditions updates protocols for pressure ulcers, wounds, or lesions so that facilities can recognize and evaluate each resident’s risk factors and identify and evaluate all areas at risk of constant pressure.
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The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act(MMA). The statute requires that Medicare replace the fee schedule payment methodology for selected Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) items with a competitive bid process. It has proved controversial and is also a sought out topic on this site.
A Franchise Business Review (FBR) 2012 Special Report on Senior Care Businesses paints a rosy portrait for the home care industry.
With hospice under scrutiny, it is hard to market these services. Especially since most people don't want to have the conversation around death and dying of a loved one. There is a broader way to approach the subject. Start a broader campaign that people can embrace and which starts the conversation around end of life issues.
In October 2012, penalties for certain readmissions started for hospitals. With that came a new reliance by hospitals on their long-term care partners. A new breed of primary care providers called SNFists or SNFologists are full-time physicians in skilled nursing facilities, who are more readily available to patients at risk for readmission.
ICD-10 implementation while postponed, was set to begin in October of 2013. Still organizations should prepare.
While the desire for most people is to age in place, you don’t need to dig far to find the crippling health statistics that suggest people will need nursing homes and assisted living homes. Designing the home of the future with a focus on person-centered care will be crucial. Future residents will demand a different model.
As the push for aging in place grows, Adult Day Centers will become increasingly important. And the rules governing them will grow as well. The certification of these centers is important. In this article we look at one state’s requirements – Oregon – as a template for other states and for providers contemplating entry into this market.
Activity professionals in care facilities are often faced with assisting a resident, and with them their friends and families, through a final journey. Hearing is the last sense we lose as our bodies shut down. So therapeutic music is a very important program to offer residents.
Registered nurses are absolutely essential to quality health care. Board certification is the gold standard of excellence for many professions. For nurses employed in long term care, being certified as a Gerontological Nurse is the mark of distinction.
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You Qualify for Medicaid
A majority of older Americans will spend at least a short term stay recovering and rehabbing from medical miracles such as hip, knee and other joint replacements as well as serious medical conditions, ranging from a broken bone to a stroke. That is a challenge for activity directors.
Take Control of Your Health While Helping a Loved One-5 Tips For Better Dementia Care
There is no worse place to introduce a flu epidemic than in a health care setting. And nursing homes and the flu could be a deadly combination. Here are things to keep in mind for preventing and/or containing the spread of flu in your facility.
Aging Services Providers will increasingly be tasked to figure out ways to reduce hospital admissions from long-term care settings. And there will be financial implications. The Long-Term Quality Alliance offers some advice on reducing hospital admissions.
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
Anyone may draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation. The official legislative process begins when a bill or resolution is numbered, referred to a committee and printed by the Government Printing Office. Here is the process.
A Glossary of Medicaid Terms from A-L
Career ladders encourage, recognize, and reward capable employees. Successful performance and acquisition of additional skills through education or training prepare individuals for the next job level. Formal career ladder programs can be found in organizations large enough to have a hierarchy of related occupations plus enough growth and turnover to allow for movement up the ladders. Let's explore the advantages of career ladders.
Everyone has a memory of going to a carnival. Yet many of our elders are no longer capable of getting out to one. Solution - bring the carnival to them. Here's how to stage a carnival in your facility. No clowning around!
The magic of books is what Shadowbox Press brings to people living with dementia. The disease may eliminate the ability to understand complex dialog or even words, but through Shadowbox Press editions their joy of reading continues.
Scouts can be a vital component in your activities programming. They are always looking for community projects and can be a help with clean-ups, gardening, building bird houses and so much more. Scouts can read to residents, demonstrate crafts and teach songs.
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolutionizing Activities
Integrated Alarm Monitoring & Mass Notification Allows Command and Control on the Go
Ceramics can be a fun activity for all ages. And particularly it can be used for the short-stay rehabilitation patient too. Let's look at how to get started with using ceramics in your activity program.
The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York is a benchmark organization when it comes to honoring resident preference among a sensitive topic - sex.
In this article you will find go-to-sources that will help you find and track legislation. And more importantly, these resources will show you how to get involved in the issues so you can advocate for your needs as a provider.
Let's face it. Claims processing is a pain! But if you are diligent in submission and tracking, you stand a better chance of getting paid on time. Let's look at some best practices in filing.
Red flag rules are designed to help businesses spot suspicious patterns that may arise and take steps to prevent a red flag from escalating into a costly episode of identity theft. Here is an overview.
Activity Directors are drawn to the field because they enjoy making seniors smile, but that doesn’t mean every day is fun and games. One of the challenges is meeting resident demands for “something different”. A new resource may make finding good entertainment for senior living communities easier.
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is a business strategy designed to reduce costs and increase profitability by solidifying customer loyalty. This allows customer facing employees in such areas as sales, customer support, and marketing to make quick yet informed decisions on everything from cross-selling and upselling opportunities to target marketing strategies to competitive positioning tactics. In long-term care it can also go a long way in enhancing the resident/patient experience.
There has been a lot of talk in long-term care about culture change, person-centered care, person-centered living. Much like hospitals there has been a lot of lip service to changing experiences. Something as important as the experience we provide to residents and patients should not be left to chance. That is why you need a Chief Experience Officer.
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Art appreciation also helps foster lifelong learning and mind stimulation.
Electronics have revolutionized the world of activity programming for independent, assisted living and long term care facilities. Digital ideas must be part of every activity department! Linked Senior is a way to use technology to create activities customized to individual needs and to empower activity and programming staff.
For CNAs to succeed they need to build a career ladder for success. The Extended Care Career Ladder Initiative (ECCLI) is part of the Massachusetts Nursing Home Quality Initiative. It offers a grant program available to Massachusetts nursing homes and home health agencies to support development of career ladders and other training initiatives for frontline workers. Other states could learn a lesson from this program.
The Wheel of Chance game helps cognitive function. Studies show that patients who participate in activities that target cognition and social interaction receive significant improvement.
Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018. Ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare. Wage and salary employment in the healthcare industry is projected to increase 22 percent through 2018. Page 6.
We are proud of our melting pot country and as a people enjoy talking about our foreign roots. This diverse tapestry can form the basis of an activity program that serves residents of independent, nursing care, assisted living and adult day centers both young and old, of various physical and mental skill levels and men and women equally. Let's call it Travel Day.
Multidimensional Frailty Score Provides Next Level Geriatric Assessment
The CDCs National Health Interview Survey (1997-2011) shows that in 2011, 7.3% of adults aged 65 and over needed help with personal care from other persons, up .3% from the 2010 estimate of 7.0%.
Empathy-When Patients Feel Personal Connection They Feel Care is Better
Enter the dining room of most long term care, personal care and assisted living dining rooms and you will notice an absence. Not of food. Not of people. But of conversation! A new product could help.
Post-Acute Market and Mergers Will Heat Up in this Competitive Space
New Dementia Care Training Launched at AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium
SureWash was developed over five years in Trinity College Dublin. It makes hand hygiene training and compliance much less labor intensive by combining an e-learning system with patented video measurement technology.
Memory Magz® and Memory Mealz™ specialize in holistic approaches to dementia care. It recognizes four pillars: Environmental, Communication, Nutritional & Engaging Activity.
Majority of nursing home staff members do not grasp the significance or value of MDS 3.0.
There are many quality initiatives being pursued in the aging services sector. Many overlap. Often you will see many of the same quality organizations in long-term care and aging services cooperating on these initiatives. Sometimes there are separate initiatives being pursued. Being versed in the healthcare players can jump start your education around quality and aging services.
When choosing care for mom or dad and eventually yourself, it is often hard to know where to start and how to evaluate your care choices. You might want to start with a Care Management Service.
Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults. Pain in aging adults has historically been poorly reported, recognized and managed. Let's take some actions steps.
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being is one in a series of periodic reports to the Nation on the condition of older adults in the United States.
Fix Financing in 5 Years - SCAN Fd. Says
Centralizing the purchasing process can be accomplished by any senior living organization. Hiring the right team and using the proper tools can transform the procurement process from being an underutilized service to becoming an integrated part of the company’s strategic planning and growth.
Find Assisted Living Regulations By State - Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.
Gloria Hoffner is the owner of Guitar with Gloria and Science for Seniors providing activity programs at over 200 retirement communities.
Touching Spirits: Power of Spiritual Programs in The Retirement Community